Teachers

Tom On: Teaching Writing

Just because one can write does not mean one can simply teach writing. It was during my third year teaching…

When “Slavery” Meets the Standard

This was the homework question: “Give 3 ‘good’ reasons for slavery and 3 bad reasons. Make notes and then put…

To the ELA Nerds in the Bronx I Met with Yesterday

I had the pleasure of sitting in on an ELA team meeting in a middle school in the Bronx the…

Do You Care to Explore Authentic Writing Instruction?

I love this blog called Writers Who Care. It’s a fantastic resource for teachers and parents on what solid writing…

Essay or Assay: Merriam-Webster “Tries” to Explain the Difference

The essay is by far my favorite genre, to read and to write. A far cry from what it looks…

Observing Teachers, Minute X Minute

I observe a lot of teachers teaching. Over time, I’ve developed a tool that helps me stay focused while being…

Alexa, Can You Make Me a Better Teacher?

Using technology to improve teaching is nothing new. But the success of artificially intelligent voice-activated devices like the Amazon Echo and…

Race, Class, and Test Scores: A Definitive Explanation

The data visualization and digital storytelling team over at the NY Times took the phenomenal work of Professor Sean Reardon…

♡ for Teachers

Love for teachers takes many forms, including the kind of fast-paced, twisted, and misogynistic kind of love doled out by…

Making Writing Assessment Better and Easier

Writing is at the heart of learning. It has been for centuries.  But when I work with teachers in different…

How Did That Race to the Top End?

Race to the Top is the Obama Administration’s education reform initiative.  It overlapped with former President Bush’s No Child Left…

Harry Potter’s Battle for Real-World Learning

You know Harry Potter.  But did you know the young wizard was a champion of constructivist pedagogy?  Based on this…

To Teach or Not To Teach like a Dead Poet?

I love this clip from Dead Poets Society for many reasons.  First, it cuts the the essence of pedagogy: does…

Pay Science and Math Teachers More? Maybe.

Some areas are K-12 teaching are harder to staff than others.  Just ask any school principal you know.  It’s really…

7 Holiday Advertisements for 19th Century Teachers That Will Make You Smile

Holidays are times to look back and reflect on all that is good in the world.  In between reading holiday…

Einstein’s Advice to His 11-year-old Son on Learning

Better than school, Einstein writes, is for a child to become engulfed in the joy of doing something he loves.…
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